Saturday, May 29, 2010
Last week, Jake and I fly up to Minnesota to take part in our very good friend Greg's wedding. Jake and Greg have been friends since college when Jake was Greg's Resident Advisor in the dorms at the University of Northern Iowa. From what I can tell Jake's advisement to Greg involved showing him exactly how to, finish college by doing the least amount of work possible, throw a good party, and how to get the girl, you see, he did get married first.
Jake and Greg have lived together longer than Jake and I have lived together. I still occasionally ask Greg for advice on how to live with Jake. They were roommates during the time that Jake and I started dating. Greg's first words to me when I came to their house for the first time were "so what are your intentions with my friend" and then he just stood there waiting for me to answer....... I immediately felt right at home.
Greg married a very nice gal named Alison who also happened to be around that night when Greg pressed me about my intentions. Now would be a good time to post a picture of the happy couple..... yeah, you'll have to look on Facebook for those cause I didn't take any.
We had such a good time at the wedding, it was nice to catch up with people we don't see very often but that have been good friends of Greg and Jake's for a lot of years.
Congrats to the happy couple and stay tuned for my next post... "we got back from the wedding and then my parents came to visit.... and stayed for 5 days"
I did manage to get one picture of Jake and I at the wedding.
Monday, May 24, 2010
Tuesday, May 18, 2010
One of my FB friends (you don't know her) posted one of those quizzes that FB often has. What does your day of birth say about you? You were born on a Tuesday, that means your attractive, funny, smart, charming etc, born on a Wednesday, that means you smart, sexy, funny and witty
Just once I wanna see one that says.... You were born on a Thursday.... Dude you totally screwed!
Sunday, May 16, 2010
My photography eh maybe not as good....
So the direction where you just put the water right on top... seems a little weird, but it works. If I had to deconstruct, I think what happens is the bottom layer actually makes it way to the top and becomes the chocolaty crust, and the the water mixes with the brown sugar mixture to become the gooey cobbler layer. Seriously go make it tonight. It'll make your man happy....and isn't that really all of our goals in life!!
- 1 cup All-purpose Flour
- 2 teaspoons Baking Powder
- ¼ teaspoons Salt
- 7 Tablespoons Cocoa Powder, Divided
- 1-¼ cup Sugar, Divided
- ½ cups Milk
- ⅓ cups Melted Butter
- 1-½ teaspoon Vanilla Extract
- ½ cups Light Brown Sugar, Packed
- 1-½ cup Hot Tap Water
Preheat oven to 350 degrees.
First stir together the flour, baking powder, salt, 3 tablespoons of the cocoa, and 3/4 cup of the white sugar. Reserve the remaining cocoa and sugar.
Stir in the milk, melted butter, and vanilla to the flour mixture. Mix until smooth.
Pour the mixture into an ungreased 8-inch baking dish. I prefer my small oval Corning Ware glass dish.
In a separate small bowl, mix the remaining white sugar (it should be 1/2 cup), the brown sugar, and remaining 4 tablespoons of cocoa. Sprinkle this mixture evenly over the batter.
Pour the hot tap water over all. DO NOT STIR!
Bake for about 40 minutes or until the center is set.
Let stand for a few minutes if you can hold yourself back. Serve with homemade ice cream using the gooey sauce to spoon over all.
Thursday, May 13, 2010
Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Every time we go there, I am always just a little surprised at how good it is. I mean I've been there enough that I should know by now, but it's just yummy. I wish I had a few pictures to share, maybe next time.
Today Jake had the Spiral "burger" which is basically your classic burger but you have your choice of three different types of patties, a portabello mushroom, the traditional veggie patty made with soy, or a nut patty. I decided to have what was a special and has now become a regular menu item because it's that good. The Portabello Quesadilla with the previously mentioned cashew cheeze.
Finally, just to add a bit more fun and funk to an already funky place, they serve Oogavé soda which according to the website is the first soda to be sweetened only with 100% certified organic agave nectar—not one drop of High Fructose Corn Syrup. No artificial flavors, artificial colors,
salt or preservatives.
They have some pretty fun flavors too. Today I tried the Watermelon creame which Jake said he was pretty sure was exactly what fizzy lifting drink from Willy Wonka would taste like if we could all be in the movies!
Here is the link if you're interested